Tripura: ONGC discovers 11 gas fields in state, 7 on production

Tripura: ONGC discovers 11 gas fields in state, 7 on production

AGARTALA:  ONGC has so far discovered 11 gas fields in the state, seven of which are on production, said Soni, who is also the asset manager of ONGC Tripura. Under the investment plan to produce and supply 6.25 MSCMD to various consumers, including production of electricity, for another 15 to 20 years, at least 153 wells are to be drilled, he said.

"To enhance gas production, processing and supply capabilities, the GCS (Gas Collection Centre) in Sonamura, Gojalia and Konaban would be upgraded and around 900 km gas pipelines would be laid."

The ONGC Tripura asset was carrying out its drilling activities with three owned rigs under operation and well servicing operations through two work–over rigs, he said.

The government has an ambitious plan to lay 6,900 km of gas pipelines linking Bangladesh, Myanmar, most Northeastern states, and West Bengal, ONGC Executive director S.C. Soni said here. Currently, large quantities of gas is flared (burned) in the north–eastern region because it can't be piped to the consumers, he said.

The plan is to carry the gas elsewhere for productive purposes, Soni said. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed an agreement in April this year to jointly set up a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) terminal plant in Chittagong port city which will help pipe gas to the north–eastern states.

There is also a sale–purchase agreement between Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Assam and BPC for construction of a pipeline from Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur in Bangladesh for supply of High Speed Diesel (HSD) to the neighbouring country, Soni said. This agreement figured in talks in June last year between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The two leaders directed the officials of their countries to finalise the terms for establishment of a joint venture company which will construct and operate the pipeline.

(Source: TNT Desk with inputs from The Sentinel, Assam)

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